What to expect from France’s lineup at Euro 2024: European Championship news

What to expect from France’s lineup at Euro 2024: European Championship news

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France head into the 2024 European Championship with arguably the most talented squad of any nation and they are therefore expected to reach the latter stages of the tournament.

Didier Deschamps’ side fell to a crushing penalty shootout defeat against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final, while they exited Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage after another penalty loss – this time to Switzerland.

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Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot kick against Switzerland and will be hoping to avenge that mistake before sealing a sensational free transfer switch to Real Madrid.

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He bagged a hat-trick during the aforementioned World Cup final and is expected to play a key role yet again as France look to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.

Below, FootballTransfers predicts France’s first-choice starting XI at Euro 2024.

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How France will line up at Euro 2024

Mike Maignan is surprisingly injury prone for a goalkeeper, but the AC Milan number one is expected to return to full fitness ahead of Euro 2024 and he will be France’s first-choice ‘keeper for the tournament.

Right-back has typically been a troublesome position for Deschamps in recent years and Jules Kounde is expected to fill in once again, despite the fact he is naturally a centre-back. Benjamin Pavard is also an option in this position.

Jules Kounde will likely start at right-back for France
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At the 2022 World Cup, Deschamps favoured Dayot Upamecano and Raphael Varane at centre-back, but the former is out of favour at Bayern Munich and the latter is currently injured. As a result, Premier League duo William Saliba and Ibrahima Konate are expected to be France’s preferred pairing.

Lucas Hernandez suffered an ACL injury against Borussia Dortmund, meaning his brother Theo will be France’s undisputed first-choice left-back at the tournament.

Like Maignan, Aurelien Tchouameni is expected to return from injury before Euro 2024 begins, and the Real Madrid star will start under Deschamps if he is fully fit.

Adrien Rabiot has been a reliable presence in the French midfield for several years and is likely to start ahead of Warren Zaire-Emery and Eduardo Camavinga.

Adrien Rabiot is expected to start for France
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Antoine Griezmann will be given full attacking licence as a No.10, while Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe will play off either wing.

Veteran Olivier Giroud, who will join the MLS this summer, is expected to lead the line for France.

France’s starting XI at Euro 2024

GK: Mike Maignan

RB: Jules Kounde

CB: William Saliba

CB: Ibrahima Konate

LB: Theo Hernandez

CDM: Aurelien Tchouameni

CDM: Adrien Rabiot

RW: Ousmane Dembele

CAM: Antoine Griezmann

LW: Kylian Mbappe

ST: Olivier Giroud

France’s Euro 2024 squad

France have announced a 25-man squad as follows:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens)

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter Milan), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Al-Ittihad), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus ), Aurlien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG).

Forwards: Bradley Barcola (PSG), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (PSG), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan).

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